December 11, 2008 at 9:37 am


All-West football team


Cameron Gordon, Inkster: A three-year starter, Gordon had 49 receptions for 863 yards and eight touchdowns. He also started at strong safety and had 126 tackles, five sacks, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries. "He's a fierce competitor," coach Greg Carter said. "Offensively and defensively he can be the best player on the field."

Andrew Matt, Wyandotte Roosevelt: Matt also started at defensive back and had 42 tackles and three interceptions. On offense he had 57 receptions for 789 yards and 10 touchdowns. "He created matchup problems for our opponents," coach Ron Adams said. "He was an excellent role model for our younger players."

Wade Stahl, Livonia Stevenson: Stahl played a big role in a trip to the state finals in 2007 and the state semifinals this season. He had 39 receptions this season for 616 yards and four touchdowns. He had 93 carries for 538 yards and 10 touchdowns. Stahl returned 11 punts for 193 yards and 19 kickoffs for 523 yards and one touchdown. He tied a school record with 345 all-purpose yards against South Lyon.


Travis Brown, Southgate Anderson: A three-year starter at offensive tackle, Brown also started at defensive tackle and had 18 tackles and one sack. He was a main player in Southgate's option attack. "Travis was a great player for us," coach John Rama said. "His commitment to weight and speed training during the offseason made him the type of player that could dominate his position. He has great size, quick feet and good technique."

Charles Chapman, Carleton Airport: A three-year starter at offensive tackle, Chapman committed to Indiana. At 6-7, Chapman was an athletic lineman who maintained good balance. He helped Airport win 24 games as a starter and this past season the team tied for the Huron League title and qualified for the playoffs.

Esham Farha, Ann Arbor Pioneer: Farha started at offensive tackle and was the main cog in an offense that averaged 320 yards per game. Equally good at run and pass blocking, Farha has good upper body strength and played "an intricate part in our offense having success this year," coach Jeremy Gold said.

Andrew Grabowski, Salem: Grabowski started at left offensive tackle for three years. "It is no accident the lions' share of our total yards were run to the left," coach Parker Salowich said. "Drew is also a wonderful teammate with terrific leadership skills. His ability to block in space and protect our passer are his best qualities as a player."

Justin Sneddon, Canton: A team captain, Sneddon was also voted the KLAA South Division Offensive Player of the Year. He bench presses 350 pounds, so though undersized for an offensive tackle, he is very strong and quick. "He was a very physical player that just likes to hit people," coach Tim Baechler said. Canton averaged 342 yards rushing.


Devin Gardner, Inkster: A three-year starter, Gardner continues to improve. He guided the Vikings to the Division 3 final by completing 98-of-170 attempts for 1,886 yards, 26 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He carried 115 times for 1,401 yards and 22 touchdowns. "It was a real good season for him," coach Greg Carter said. "He showed great improvement over last year."


Austin White, Livonia Stevenson: One of the most dynamic backs in the state, White rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore and this season he became a more complete player. He rushed for 1,610 yards and 28 touchdowns on 228 carries. He returned nine kickoffs for 279 yards. White also had 21 receptions for 310 yards and four touchdowns. He even threw a touchdown pass. "It's almost like there's nothing he can't do," coach Tim Gabel said.

Aaron Bailey, Woodhaven: Woodhaven made the playoffs for only the fourth time in school history and Bailey was at the forefront. He rushed for 1,430 yards on just 138 carries and had 17 receptions for 293 yards. Bailey returned 15 kickoffs for 494 yards and scored 23 touchdowns. Wyandotte coach Ron Adams said his defense did its job holding Bailey to 60 rushing yards but he still managed to score three touchdowns. He was that type of breakaway threat.


Steve Luchonok, Dearborn Edsel Ford: A three-year varsity player and two-year starter, Luchonok played offensive and defensive tackle. On defense he had 30 tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble. Edsel Ford (8-2) gained 2,700 yards rushing and half of those yards were gained with Luchonok as the lead blocker. "It was his tenacity that made him so good," coach Mark Tyler said. "He had a sense of purpose."

Pat Madish, Canton: Defensively, Canton had its problems early in the season but its defense improved game by game and was instrumental in the team reaching a Division 1 region final. Madish had 91 tackles and had a team high nine sacks. "He's an emotional player with a high motor," coach Tim Baechler said.

Craig Miller, Monroe Jefferson: Three times Miller was named to the all-league team. Offensively Craig has the ability put defenders on their backs. Defensively, at the nose guard position, he disrupted the flow to free up linebackers and finished with 68 tackles. He was named co-defensive player of the year in the Huron League.

Zach Morelli, Wyandotte Roosevelt: At defensive end Morelli had 73 tackles and 14 sacks. He blocked two punts, caused one fumble and recovered four. "Zach is one of the top defensive players in the Mega Conference," coach Ron Adams said. "He has great hands and quickness off the ball. He goes 100 mph on every play."


Nores Fradi, Dearborn: Fradi was the leader of the defense and had 144 total tackles. Fradi also caused two fumbles and recovered one for a touchdown. "Nores is all over the field," coach Dave Mifsud said. "He goes sideline to sideline. It seems as if he is in on every play. He's one of the best linebackers ever to play here, and he's only a junior."

Jeremy Gainer, Livonia Clarenceville: Gainer was a force on both sides of the ball. He's a powerful running back but his best position is linebacker. Hemade 100 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, including five sacks, and caused four fumbles. On offense he had 375 yards on 45 carries. He also had 12 receptions for 225 yards. Gainer committed to Indiana.

Abdullah Homayed, Dearborn Fordson: Homayed dominated the middle of the line of scrimmage. He made 135 tackles, 23 of which were for a loss. He had eight sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown. Homayed also started at fullback. "He was a great lead blocker," coach Walker Zaban said. "At linebacker he stuffed everything. He was our leader."

Devin Moynihan, Livonia Churchill: Moynihan was the co-defensive player of the year in the Kensington Lakes South Division. Moynihan was a tough player, so tough that he suffered a separated shoulder in the opener and didn't miss a game. Of his 143 tackles, 62 were unassisted. Four times he had games of 20 tackles or more.


Hassan Amen, Dearborn Fordson: A two-year, two-way starter, Amen was one of the top players in the Mega Conference on both sides of the ball. As a defensive back he had 45 tackles, eight interceptions and three sacks. At running back Amen rushed for 1,090 yards on 125 carries. "He played a lot of bump-and-run for us," coach Walker Zaban said. "He made some big interceptions for us."

Michael Hatcher, Dearborn: Hatcher started at cornerback for two seasons and was in on 32 tackles this season. He had five interceptions, seven deflections and blocked two extra points. He also played running back, quarterback, receiver and returned kicks. He had 148 carries for 1,179 yards and 15 touchdowns. Hatcher had 25 receptions for 388 yards and three touchdowns. He returned 10 punts for 183 yards and one touchdown.

Keith Marks, Ypsilanti Willow Run: A four-year starter, Marks had 121 tackles and four interceptions. As a running back he rushed for 816 yards in an eight-game schedule. Marks also played receiver and had four touchdown receptions. "He can do it all," coach Rufus Pipkins said. "He's an all-purpose guy. He plays the fourth quarter like he does the first."


Mark McRobb, Livonia Franklin: McRobb was Franklin's quarterback but he did much more. As a defensive back, McRobb was one of Franklin's top defensive players, finishing with 55 tackles, six deflections and four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. At quarterback McRobb passed for 1,359 and 13 touchdowns and his completion percentage was 59 percent. He also rushed for 530 yards and four touchdowns.


Kyle Brindza, Plymouth: Brindza was 9-of-12 on field goal tries with a long of 40 yards. He was 21-for-26 on extra point attempts and of his 43 kickoffs, 26 went for touchbacks. "He was a weapon in a lot of ways," coach Mike Sawchuck said. "When he kicks his kickoffs in the end zone, he makes the opposing offenses have to drive 80 yards to score. That makes our defense a lot better."